Primary Runoff Results

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Durham attorney Larry Hall (D) won the runoff race Tuesday for the 29th House District, while Pat Hurley (R) won in the 70th District.

With all 21 precincts reporting in unofficial results, Hall had 56 percent of the vote compared to 44 percent for former Durham city council member Sandy Ogburn. Hall likely will replace outgoing Democratic Rep. Paul Miller, who declined to run for another term. He won't have a Republican opponent in the general election, but could face a write-in challenge. Hurley will take on Democrat Happy Spivey of Ramseur in November in the heavily GOP district. Nine-term incumbent Rep. Arlie Culp, R-Randolph, is retiring.

Hall, who ran unsuccessfully for clerk of court in 2002, received 29 percent of the vote to lead the five candidates in the May 2 primary. Ogburn trailed Hall by about 200 votes.

Primary runoffs have historically had low turnout, even compared to primary elections. Statewide turnout during the May 2 primary fell to a record-low 9.5 percent, according to the State Board of Elections.

The State Board of Elections said races of various kinds were being held Tuesday in 20 counties.


Ogburn would have been better

than Hall. She was the progressive in the race. For some unknown reason, the local PACs all supported Hall, who has never held office, over Ogburn, who served 8 years on the Durham City Council and got PAC endorsements back then.

Ogburn got the Sierra Club and Conservation Council endorsements.

It's not easy being green?

in Durham?

Thanks for the good report.